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Laura co-organizing the 1st Workshop “When Graph Signal Processing meets Computer”, ICCV 2021

Workshop Title: “When Graph Signal Processing meets Computer Vision”
Organizers: T. Bouwmans, G. Cheung, W. Hu, Y. Tanaka, L. Toni


Graph signal processing (GSP)  is the study of computational tools to process and analyze data residing on irregular correlation structures described by graphs. Early GSP researchers explored low-dimensional representations of high-dimensional data via spectral graph theory—mathematical analysis of eigen-structures of the adjacency and graph Laplacian matrices. Researchers first developed algorithms for low-level tasks such as signal compression, wavelet decomposition, filter banks on graphs, regression, and denoising, motivated by data collected from distributed sensor networks. Soon, researchers widened their scope and studied GSP techniques for image applications (image filtering, segmentation) and computer graphics. More recently, GSP tools were extended to video processing tasks such as moving object segmentation,  demonstrating its potential in a wide range of computer vision problems. More generally, GSP has been found effective in image processing tasks (image restoration and denoising, image composition, image alignment and rectification, multi-focus image fusion, etc), video processing tasks (tracking, motion saliency, video coding, background/foreground separation, etc.), and 3D imaging tasks (point cloud processing, 3D motion recovery, etc). Moreover, GSP can potentially influence the development of Graph Convolutional Networks from a theoretical standpoint.

However, designing GSP algorithms for specific computer vision tasks has several practical challenges such as spatio-temporal constraints, time-varying models and real-time implementations. Indeed, the computational complexity of many existing GSP algorithms at present for very large graphs is currently one limitation. In semi-supervised learning, GSP-based classifiers provide clear interpretations from a graph spectral perspective when propagating label information from known to unknown nodes. However, centralized graph spectral algorithms are slow and no fast distributed graph labeling algorithms are known to perform well. In that sense, research is required in the development of fast GSP tools to be competitive against deep learning methods.

The goals of this workshop are thus three-fold:

1) Designing GSP methods for computer vision applications.

2) Proposing new adaptive and incremental algorithms that reach the requirements of real-time applications.

3) Proposing robust and interpretable algorithms to handle the key challenges in computer vision applications.

Papers are solicited to address graph signal processing to be applied in computer vision, including but not limited to the followings:

• Sampling and Recovery of Graph Signals
• Statistical Graph Signal Processing
• Non-linear Graph Signal Processing
• Signals in high-order Graphs
• Graph-based Image Restoration
• Graph-based Image Filtering
• Graph-based Segmentation and Classification
• Graph-based Image and Video Processing
• Graph Convolutional Networks.(GNNs)
• Interpretable/Explainable GNNs
• Unsupervised/Self-Supervised GNNs
• GSP-based Graph Learning in GNNs
We encourage authors to evaluate their approach on at least one of the reference datasets for each application (Please see the Computer Vision Datasets).    

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